Category Archive: Green

swimming in the Charles River

My quality of life totally skyrocketed over this past weekend. That’s because I did something I never thought possible. I swam in Boston’s Charles River. Yes, it was intentional. Yes, it’s perfectly legal.… Continue reading

the ancient guardians of Longwood Mall

Trees, especially enormous old ones, make us feel small—in a good way. Majestic trees put the brevity of life, and the ultimate frivolity of much of our decision-making, in perspective. Remember Shel Silverstein’s… Continue reading

wesley the owl

I’m fascinated by the science of animal cognition. There is growing evidence that animals of all types may have emotions and can communicate their thoughts with each other, and with us. Pet owners… Continue reading

alt space detroit & the new economy

The arts are powerful drivers of economic revitalization and social change; see my post Detropia & the new American City. I turn west — or midwest, actually — to look at the Motor… Continue reading

the art & science of healing the planet: geotherapy and Mara G. Haseltine

When something you love is dying, only the most dramatic action will do. Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmental activist, is in love with our oceans and is doing everything she can… Continue reading

going secondhand first

It’s easy to be fashionable when you have money; when you don’t it takes resourcefulness, knowledge, and street smarts.

At this stage in my life, I have plenty of everything, which is why I like to shop my closet before I buy something. If I do have to head out to the shops, I try to buy what I need used, or secondhand, first. Save the planet!

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 1

I never thought that the act of riding a bicycle was such a powerful political statement until I started riding one every day around Boston. What is it about cycling — or indeed,… Continue reading

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading

it’s looking biblical out there

Earth to naysayers: climate change is already well underway. We’re well past the “drill baby drill” denial stage. Instead we need to figure out how to best adapt to what’s next. As far… Continue reading